Oak Park is home to a library for everyone. Access and inclusion are driving forces behind our work. All library buildings are accessible and ADA compliant. If you have any questions or would like to request assistance, please contact us »
Can’t make it into the library?
Oak Park cardholders of any age who are temporarily or permanently unable to come in to the library can use the Home Delivery Service.
For use at the Main Library
- An ADA-compliant nursing pod in the Children’s Services area. More »
- Support for hearing devices in the Veterans Room. Ask us now, or in the library at any service desk, for details.
- Ultra high definition scanning of microfilm and desktop magnifiers on the third floor
- Public desktop computers on the third floor with:
- Adjustable height tables
- Large type keyboards
- Monitors with increased display size
- Adaptive software (JAWS, OpenBook, and MAGIC) that magnifies and reads images and text aloud
- New! Ubi-Duo, a bluetooth-enabled two-way communications system originally created by and for d/Deaf people that is useful in a variety of situations. For in-the-library use only, patrons can link keyboards to type to another person and you both see each other’s words on your screen.
For checkout from the Main Library in Children’s Services (first floor)
- New! Two iPads only loaded with seven augmentative/alternative communication apps. These apps are for people who have difficulty expressing themselves with vocal speech. They can use pre-loaded buttons and on screen keyboards to communicate. Families need to try a wide variety of apps to find the one that works best for someone, and this will assist them in making this important choice.
- Adapted Boardmaker books, offering picture symbols as a way for kids to learn and recognize words in a visual, pictorial way.
- Braille books, ones that have been published in Braille, and ones with Braille translations added.
- Braille readers to translate ebooks and web pages into braille.
- Scanner pens to scan text, hear the words read aloud, and look up any words you don’t know.
For use inside library spaces
- Supports such as noise-canceling headphones, wiggle seats, fidget toys, DIY schedules, pinwheels, sunglasses, weighted lap blankets, and more.
For all ages: Community Sensory Garden at Maze Branch
- An outdoor area where disabled kids and teens have ownership and a leadership role in a community space. More »
For kids: before visiting the Main Library
- Download a copy of our social narrative (pdf), written to help children prepare for and feel comfortable visiting the Main Library.